Leslie: "I Am Still Reeling From the Shock"
I was content with resuming a friendship with Bonnie. I was not sure it could ever be the way it was in the beginning but was willing to see where a new beginning could take us. And there was another new beginning in my life; his name is Rip. When I bubbled out that Rip and I were discussing marriage, Bonnie suggested we meet for dinner soon. Business takes my sweetheart out of town several days each week, and on the night in question Rip's flight home to Dallas was delayed. I decided to meet Bonnie and her husband anyway; it was to have been a very casual meal, and I knew she would understand.
Bonnie had expanded the plans for the evening to include family and friends...most of whom had not yet met Rip. This "surprise" was a tad embarrassing without Rip there, but we put that behind us and proceeded to have a great time. But then our fun, casual evening took a dark turn. It happened quickly, and I am still reeling from the shock and amazed it happened at all.
My son Tyler is a good-looking guy in his early twenties. Our new friend Cindy had admired him at the club before she realized he is my son and that he is younger than she may have thought.
Cindy had been drinking a bit much, and she doesn't even remember making inappropriate suggestions to Tyler. But she did, and Tyler put her off, saying something like, "That will never happen."
Jason Myer overheard the exchange and decided Tyler had been rude to Cindy. Portly, hulking Jason, self-styled defender of women, further decided to take Tyler to task for being "disrespectful to women."
Nothing could be further from the truth. (But then we've noticed that truth is something this strange Blossman/Myer couple ignores on many levels.)
At this point, the scene became surreal. Jason Myer evidently has an arsenal of resentments from the past that he can draw on at will. He abandoned his defense of Cindy and began to rage about Tyler's supposed treatment of Jason's stepdaughter, Whitney. (Tyler actually is very happy that Whitney and Booger have found one another, and considers that he himself has dodged a tatted-up and pierced bullet.)
Jason's assault on Tyler escalated. I am not using the term assault loosely. The legal definition of assault is threatening to do bodily harm to someone and having the apparent ability to do so. Jason Myer was was leaning into my son's face, spitting as he screamed, "I'm going to f--king knock your head off." This is something a mom does not want to hear, and I attempted to launch myself between them. Jason shoved me away.
I was very shaken; I think everyone who witnessed this strange attack was shaken also. It was unprovoked and seemed to come out of nowhere. I felt that Jason had only started and was prevented from doing what he had purposed to do to Tyler. I remembered the look of fury and hatred on Jason's face. I remembered my friend Bonnie urging him on. I wondered what Jason might try at a future date. I gathered my family and left the party that had been in my honor.